Emma Sise

I'm a second year Fine Arts student at Concordia University majoring in Fibres and Material Practices. This is my DART 339 blog.

JANINE ANTONI’S SLUMBER

This durational performance took place at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in 2000 and has also been performed six other times in other galleries. Antoni was placed in a large room with a small bed, an EEG machine, and a loom. For a period of eight days Antoni slept in the bed, with the EEG machine recording her rapid eye movements. When she awoke every morning, Antoni would begin to weave the patterns made of the recordings, and the resulting fabric was pulled to her bed to be used as a blanket, growing as the days passed. Slumber is to me a meditation on the role of the invisible or inaccessible in memory, when one’s dreams and interior worlds influence the thoughts and actions we carry out in waking life. 

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